15 noteworthy in-house career moves

Charting some of the most recent GC and in-house appointments

 

Jelly Belly Candy Co. announced the appointment of John Di Giusto as its inaugural general counsel. Di Giusto previously was a managing shareholder in the corporate and securities and tax groups of Boutin Jones Inc. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the candy corporation, which was one of his firm’s long-term clients.

 

PepsiCo Inc. announced the return of Larry Thompson as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, a position he formerly held from 2004 to 2011. In the interim, Thompson was the John A. Sibley Chair in Corporate and Business Law at the University of Georgia school of Law. He previously served as a deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice and as a partner at King & Spalding.

 

Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. hired Rian Miller as general counsel of Mercer, its human resource consulting branch. Most recently, Miller spent two years as managing counsel for risk and litigation at Towers Watson. She also was an associate with Pepper Hamilton.

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers announced the appointment of Diana Weiss as general counsel. Weiss previously served as a partner in the litigation practice of King & Spalding, where she focused on representing clients in investigations and enforcement proceedings before regulatory agencies. She also was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.


Allyson Willoughby was named general counsel and senior vice president of people at Glassdoor, a social jobs and career website. Willoughby’s prior work experience includes general counsel postings at RockYou, a social gaming and advertising company, and Method Products, a manufacturer of household products. She began her in-house career at eBay.

 

Human genome interpretation company Knome Inc. appointed Gary Cohen senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Cohen formerly held management positions with companies including Genzyme Transgenics Corp., Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Genetics Institute Inc. He most recently was vice president of bioethics, law and policy at Foundation Medicine Inc.


Mark DeVitre joined Entertainment Studios as executive vice president and general counsel. He comes to the company from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, where he served as senior vice president of business affairs and operations. His prior work experience also includes a stint as senior vice president of operations for the FX network.


Claudia Toussaint rejoined aerospace company Barnes Group Inc. as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Toussaint previously worked at Barnes Group from 2010 to 2012, before leaving to join Tyco Flow Control during its spin-off from Tyco International Ltd. Her prior work experience also includes stints at Embarq Corp. and Sprint Corp.

 

Pendrell Corp., an intellectual property investment and advisory firm, named Robert Jaffe general counsel and corporate secretary. Jaffe specializes in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and the protection of intellectual property rights. He spent 25 years as a partner at K&L Gates and its predecessor firm.

 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the country’s largest breast cancer organization, hired Ellen Willmott as general counsel. Willmott joins the company after 12 years at Save the Children USA, where she most recently served as vice president and general counsel. In her new role, Willmott will oversee regulatory compliance and international and domestic partnerships.


Jackie Simmons will assume the position of general counsel of Indiana University, effective July 1. Simmons previously spent six years as a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, where she was co-leader of the firm’s international practice area. An IU alumna, Simmons has served on several university advisory boards and acted as an adjunct faculty member at the Maurer School of Law for 20 years.

Other In-House Moves

The Allstate Corp. has announced that Michele Coleman Mayes will retire from the general counsel and executive VP spot after nearly five years with the company. During her time at the company, Mayes dealt with legal and regulatory matters, corporate governance and public policy. She previously was senior vice president and general counsel at Pitney Bowes. Mayes will now assume the role of general counsel and vice president of the New York Public Library. She will be succeeded by Susie Lees, who currently is senior vice president and deputy general counsel.


Leonard Amoruso, general counsel of Knight Capital Group Inc., also will assume the title of executive vice president. Amoruso joined the company in 1999, and has held his current position since 2007. As general counsel, he has managed the growth of the firm’s legal and compliance structure and its regulatory policy.

Law Firm News

Steven McCracken, former general counsel, executive VP and chief administrative officer of Callaway Golf joined Fish & Richardson as of counsel. McCracken joined Calloway in 1994, prior to which he spent 19 years representing international companies as a litigation partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

 

Williams Mullen hired Robert Zuckerman as of counsel in its maritime practice team. Zuckerman was formerly the general counsel, senior vice president and secretary of Horizon Lines, an ocean shipping and logistics company. In his new position, he will focus on issues including domestic and international shipping, arbitrations, maritime labor relations and customs.

Alanna Byrne

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